PANAMA – The search for the next superintendent of the Central School of Panama remains on schedule.
Panama began the search after current Superintendent Bert Lictus announced his retirement in February. Lictus has held various positions with the school district since 2001 and was officially named superintendent in 2010.
So far, the search for Lictus’ replacement has gone well, according to David O’Rourke, superintendent of Erie 2-BOCES, which assisted the Panama school board in the search.
“The research is going well” said O’Rourke. “We had the full involvement of the school and the community, which we had expected. The board invited members of the community, parents, students, teachers, staff, administration, to serve on the interview panels.
A meeting was held on May 19 for an executive session of the committee, which also included preparing interviews for job candidates and reviewing current resumes. Interviews for the position will take place in June.
“We are on time” said O’Rourke. “We are well placed to find Bert Lictus’ replacement.”
Although Lictus won’t officially retire until early October, O’Rourke said a decision on who will replace him will be made by the end of the school year.
“A new superintendent will be appointed well before he leaves,” said O’Rourke.
O’Rourke added that it is the board’s role to select the new superintendent, but they have worked with and gotten input from key members of the community and learned what they are looking for in their next superintendent.
“We had a good response from the community,” said O’Rourke. “The board is doing very well.”